At Anastasia Lanes and Putnam Lanes, bowlers hone skills on newly renovated, synthetic lanes while using digital, animated scoring systems to monitor progress. Bowlers close frames as a digital sound system broadcasts tunes from the Internet's reservoirs, and personal screens display professional sporting events and documentaries of bears rolling curled-up armadillos at soda bottles. Vibrant orange and blue walls surround the lanes at both locations, with full-service lounges and snack bars that fire pizza, nachos, and pitchers of soft drinks or beer to keep famished gamers from hunting small game with their bowling balls.
This shrine to pillaging and plundering greets guests with interactive displays of more than 800 items, including rare and authentic pirate artifacts dating back more than 300 years. Visitors can stop in and see artifacts such as Captain Thomas Tew's 17th-century treasure chest, which the museum boasts is the only authentic pirate treasure chest in the world, or view one of the only two authentic Jolly Roger flags left in existence. Aspiring buccaneers can view the journal of Captain Kidd's final voyage aboard the HMS Advice, a diary kept by Lieutenant Thomas Longish documenting the ship's log and the precise number of extraterrestrials spotted at sea. Pat Croce, a physical therapist, entrepreneur, and former president of the Philadelphia 76ers, opened the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum to share his passion for pirates with the public. This buccaneer's trove of treasures stands within easy walking distance to the historic homes and shopping along St. George Street.
Ripley's Red Train Tours range from daily explorations of the city to nightly supernatural adventures. Guests can get on and off the open-air Red Train Trolley anytime from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as it stops at spots including San Sebastian Winery, Mission Nombre de Dios, and the oldest house. Alternately, they can embark on a Ghost Train Adventure to explore the city at night armed with an EMF Ghost-Meter. Other tours include seasonal Sunset Tours that take advantage of the long days of summer, the bay front’s cooler temperatures, and a recent peace treaty signed by the mayor of St. Augustine and the local merfolk. There are also Black History Tours that showcase local spots that were important in the Civil Rights Movement, including Zora Neale Hurston’s former residence and the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 arrest.
The experienced, professional trainers at Kindred Spirits Equestrian Facility teach proper horsemanship techniques to students whose levels range from first-time rider to national-show contestant. Their instructional philosophy focuses on the riding disciplines of western pleasure, english, and dressage, which is often called the ballet of horseback riding. To ensure students receive an all-encompassing equestrian education during lessons, the trainers also incorporate horse-care essentials such as grooming and handling.